Visa from the US
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 27, 2013 12:42 PM Last Post By: amobr82
Jan 20, 2013 11:16 PM
Visa from the USHas anyone used a visa agency to obtain a visa to Brazil? I am wondering about the costs and how to determine a trustworthy agency to hand over my passport? We live in Seattle and the closest consulate is in San Francisco. We can't get the visa by mail. Unlike the Houston consulate site the SF office does not list possibly agencies on it website.
Since the search function is not working properly on the Thorntree forum I don't know if there is a lot of information already out there.
Jan 21, 2013 9:36 AM
1Seattle seems to have some sort of honorary Consul. Why not try to contact him? (He may be easier to get in touch with than the formal Consulates usually are.)
Brazilian Consulate in Seattle, the United States
P. O. Box 51105, Seattle, Washington 98115
Head of Mission: Mr Pedro Augusto Leite Costa, Consul
E-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone (425) 235-0724
Jan 26, 2013 9:37 PM
2I just used http://www.travisa.com/ to obtain my tourist visa for Brazil and they were great. I was also concerned about handing over my passport to someone (I'm in Seattle too), buy just received it back in the mail! I hadn't looked into other agencies much as I got the recommendation from a coworker.
Feb 4, 2013 11:36 AM
3Hah, Looks like everyone in Seattle is going to Brazil. I just used Itseasy.com. I think with the Visa Cost and the Service Fee it was $240. Pretty quick turnaround of about 3 weeks. I thought it would take longer because of the Visa rush for Carnival but it was quick. Their process was pretty simple. Please let me know how it goes if you go directly to the consulate. I didn't get the feeling that they like to deal directly with the public for Visa requests.
I am leaving here on the 27th going to Sao Paulo first but working my way North to the departure City of Salvador on April 22nd.
Feb 12, 2013 9:51 PM
4Thanks for the advice everyone.
We are going to try to get our visa in Vancouver since we will be up there anyhow. Not a very practical solution- we will need to have our secondary passport cards to leave the country since they will take our passports while they process it- and then we will have to come back in two weeks or so. We will see how that goes and maybe wish we had just used an agency.
Feb 27, 2013 10:56 AM
I was wondering if you had your itinerary put together for your Brazil Trip. I fly into Sao Paulo but am only spending a couple of days there before going to Iguazu. To save time but definitely not money, I will do a roundtrip flight getting just a couple of full days there. When I get back to SP, I will immediately get on a bus to take me up the coast to Rio, stopping at Paraty and Ilha Grande for a few days. Not sure how long though. I am expecting to spend 5 to 7 days in Rio before heading on. I am still trying to decide on an Amazon excursion before making my way to Salvador for my flight out on April 19th.
Have you left yet? I was just wondering if you had any cool things on your itinerary that I might want to consider. Are you getting any shots before you go?
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